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Heather J. Oden2022-07-11T19:54:52+00:00
101 SW Main Street , Suite 1800
Oregon , Portland 97204
T :503-944-6024 F: 503-295-1058
“Our employees are the foundation of our success. They are critical to delivering high-quality legal services, and ensuring that our clients’ needs are being met.”

Heather J. Oden

Heather J. Oden is an integral member of Ball Janik’s leadership team in her role as Chief Operating Officer. Her management of operations includes Ball Janik’s three offices in the Pacific Northwest and the Southeast. Heather oversees accounting and finance operations, crisis and reputation management, information technology, business development, marketing, human resources, facilities management, attorney and staff acquisitions, and career succession planning for firm employees. Heather serves as a nonvoting member on the firm’s Management and Compensation Committees and works closely with the firm’s Managing Partner to turn strategic initiatives into actionable plans that drive the firm’s overall success. Heather is widely regarded for her leadership both internally and externally among peers and fellow C-Suite executives throughout the legal industry.

With her extensive experience and knowledge acquired working at several prominent firms in the Portland area, Heather is well versed in law firm management, human resources, and administration. Most recently, Heather served as the Executive Director for Roberts Kaplan LLP, which eventually merged with Lane Powell PC. She is adept at managing the daily operations of a bi-coastal law firm, ensuring that the strategic vision of the firm is realized.

Heather attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She volunteered in the United States Peace Corps, serving in the Kingdom of Thailand. Heather is on the Oregon and Southwest Washington Board of Trustees for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Heather is also a member of the Association of Legal Administrators, the Society for Human Resource Management, the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium, and the Legal Value Network.


  • B.S., Finance, 1992
    Virginia Commonwealth University


  • Association of Legal Administrators
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Corporate Legal Operations Consortium
  • Legal Value Network
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